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new york city's economy, and attract visitors back to lower manhattan. 12 years later the festival has screened more than 1,400 films from over 80 different countries. it's also attracted an international audience of more than 4 million attendees and generated more than $460 million for the city of new york. with us now, robert de ro and janeosthaul. welcome. >> thank you. >> jane, begin with you. has it done everything you hoped it would do because the idea as i said int w bring back and revive a city. >> it's done everything we hope and more when you look at what's happened to downtown manhattan. there's several new schools that have opened up in the past 11 years and more buildings are going up on the site and the memorial's open, so it's quite amazing. >> bob, would you say to boston find something like this that you can do because it will help a city come back? >> oh, yeah. of course, of course. absolutely. >> what is it about film that he he helps? >> obviously it takes your mind off whatever you're involved with at the moment. >> right. >> it relieves you -- you see other proble
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and just a relentless barrage of terrible events, political events. the economy was not as bad as it is now, but the war was obviously raging and it became clear that we were losing the war, which is what one of the episodes is about. >> and you think we're raging today. >> i feel like there -- i feel like there's a malaise in the united states right now. i do it's -- believe r not. i don't kno a culture can have h the self-esteem, but whatever the principles are that make us feel good about being americans and about where we live and this thing, just -- the simplest thing, this is the greatest country on earth, which is what we were all raised with that produces a blow and there's anxiety and changes afoot. at so many times there was gun control legislation and it went all the way to the end and disappeared like this time and you wonder how did that happen. >> gayle i always think you're going to zig when you san diego. >> welcome to the table, you guys. >> six seasons. how do you keep it relevant do you think? how do you continue to grow your audience?